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Council Highlights – February 28, 2023- Regular Session of Council

March 20, 2023

Presentations & Deputations

The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) addressed Council regarding Affordable and attainable housing: The ‘7 in 7’ regional housing plan. Councillor Maynard brought forward a motion of a letter of support for the 7 in 7 Regional Housing Plan.

Representatives from Enbridge Gas addressed Council regarding the proposed system expansion project for Cherry Valley. Council also heard a deputation from Mark Corbin addressed Council regarding Tower Reassessment for Georges Road – Foster’s Road, Rogers Tower C8517.

Council made public appointments to the following municipal Boards/Committees:

Municipal Board & Committee Appointments

Prince Edward County Public Library Board

Police Services Board

Picton Business Improvement Association

Fence Viewers

Livestock Evaluators

Accessibility Advisory Committee

Agricultural Advisory Committee

Audit Committee

Committee of Adjustment

Environmental Advisory Committee

Built & Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee

Traffic Advisory Committee

Picton Ward Recreation Committee

Bloomfield/Hallowell Ward Recreation Committee

Wellington Ward Recreation Committee

Ameliasburgh Ward Recreation Committee

Athol Ward Recreation Committee

Sophiasburgh Ward Recreation Committee

Hillier Ward Recreation Committee

North Marysburgh Ward Recreation Committee

South Marysburgh Ward Recreation Committee

Youth recruitment will remain open-ended to fill the youth vacancies on the applicable advisory board/committees as they are found, with applications considered directly by Council. The municipality encourages youth to apply at the following link –


Other Business

Mayor Ferguson proclaimed March 8 International Women’s Day, with the theme of ’embrace equity’.

Council received a staff report from the Finance and IT Department regarding the Development Charges Background Study. Council approved the Development Charges Background Study and directed the Mayor to write a letter outlining to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the County’s concerns related to recent changes to the Development Charges Act, such as the definition of “affordability”, loss of revenue, and how its impact in Prince Edward County.

Council received a report from the Operations Department regarding the Proposed Establishment of a Municipal Consent Permit Fee for Third-Party Utility Expansion Projects to Support Cost Recovery of Municipal Resources. Staff were directed to undertake a review of all Operational Services department permit fees in advance of the 2024 Fees and Charges By-Law update.

Council directed staff to enter into discussions with the Picton Town Hall Farmers Market Board to identify the most appropriate area within the Market Lane parking lot directly adjacent to Market Square to facilitate an expansion of the market by approximately 20 vendor spaces. A staff report will come back to Council at the April 11, 2023 meeting with the appropriate change to the Parking By-law to implement this expansion of the Picton Town Hall Farmers Market into the Market Lane parking lot.

Councillor MacNaughton brought forward a resolution seeking Council support regarding consideration for removing mandatory resume requirements in the public advisory board/committee recruitment process.

Councillor Branderhorst resigned from the Hastings/Quinte Emergency Services Committee and Councillor Maynard was appointed to the Hastings/Quinte Emergency Services Committee.

Council approved minutes from past meetings and adopted various by-laws.

Next Council meeting: Regular Meeting of Council Tuesday, March 14, 2023

This summary is not a complete record of the proceedings of the meeting. For the official record, please refer to the minutes in the next Council agenda.  A video of this meeting is available on The County’s YouTube Channel.

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